Just imagine that conversation for a second: “Hi mom. I quit my job as a lawyer, sorry for all that wasted money, but I’m gonna play with Legos….”
So what does Sawaya’s workspace look like now he’s a professional Lego artist? Basically Sawaya lives and works in a Lego playland. Clear plastic crates stuffed with Lego bricks in every hue are stacked high against the walls. There’s a computer on the floor, but it’s not functional. It’s made entirely of Lego and so is the cash register, monkey, bowl of fruit, and vase of flowers.
Want a closer look at closer look at Sawaya’s Lego art? Sawaya’s national touring exhibit, “The Art of the Brick,” is making the rounds. Its next stop is the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, Illinois, on June 15; it will stay there until September 3. You can get more info at nathanbrickartist.com.